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Sea Dogs Clinch Senior Open For Cheshire YMCA Sea Dog Coach Sean Farrell, the club’s relationship with swimmers doesn’t end when they go off to college. The Long Course Senior Open allows for athletes to compete again with their teammates. “It continues the circle,” said Farrell. “These graduates are still part of us. I never feel it is over.” Collegiate swimmers were integral in the club winning this year’s Senior Open (July 1215) for the first time since 2008. Cheshire captured the men’s (685 points) and overall (1,199) titles, finishing second (514) to Aqua Bears (719) on the women’s side. “It’s great,” stated University of Connecticut’s Luke Zalewski. “Our assistant coach, Tony Bruno, said the last time we were champions was when he swam. I love swimming for Cheshire and these coaches.” “Coming into the meet, I didn’t

realize we would have a chance of winning,” reflected Kim Jerome, a 2010 Cheshire High School graduate and junior at Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.). “It was awesome that we put together some good swims and great to be with the kids that I swam with all my life.” Connor Maher from Princeton University (N.J.) contributed to all of the men’s five gold medals. He claimed 200-meter freestyle (1:56.14) and the 100-meter backstroke (58.81) individually. “I think it was good (after) I was sick for most of the spring,” said Maher, who set a national record (200-meter individual medley, 2:05.13) at last summer’s National Championship. “I didn’t swim my best times, but it was good to help the team.” Zalewski was second (1:58.05) behind Maher in the 200-meter freestyle. Maher and Zalewski

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also finished second (52.3) and third (53.0), respectively, in the 100-meter freestyle. Zalewski and Maher were second and third, respectively, for the men’s High Point Award. “We’ve always swam close to each other. It’s great working with him,” explained Zalewski. “The best part is how excited the team gets to see us finish together.” Maher factored into three winning relays: 200- (Justyn Alexandre, Joshua Bjornberg, Joe Shepley; 1:49.86) and 400-meter (Greg Han, Shepley, Zalewski; 3:58.14) medleys and 200-meter freestyle (Alexandre, Michael Smigelski, Zalewski; 1:37.78). “Connor is a tough competitor who sets a great example for the other kids,” added Farrell. The medley relays closed in contrasting fashion against RAC. Cheshire captured the 400-meter swim by over six seconds. In the shorter race, Maher held off Ridgefield (1:50.01) and 50-meter champion Jimmy Martin. “I’m friends with a lot of guys from Ridgefield,” said Maher, who earned bronze in the 50-meter freestyle (24.43). “It felt great to win that relay because I know Martin is a really good swimmer.” Neri, Maher, and Shepley collected silver medals for the 400(Zalewski; 3:36.17) and 800-meter (Han; 8:03.2) freestyles. Erik Saberski, Han, Smigelski, and Zalewski recorded fourth in the 200-meter medley (1:53.94). “It was great to be back with those college guys,” said Han, who also overcame sickness this year. “They are so good.” Zalewski showcased his versatility in the 200-meter individual medley (fourth, 2:14.0) and 100-meter butterfly (seventh, 1:01.01), along with 400- (third, 4:15.26) and 800-meter (fifth,

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Kim Jerome holds breaststroke records with the Sea Dogs, Cheshire High School, and Cornell University. 8:48.4) freestyles. “Luke is someone we can put anywhere and he can have success,” stated Farrell. The 100-meter breaststroke was another key event where Han (second, 1:07.39) and Maher (third, 1:07.6) led the way. Bjornberg was sixth there (1:09.26) and finished the same place in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:32.36). Han was fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:31.03) and sixth for the 200-meter individual medley (2:14.63). Alexandre secured sixth in the 100-meter butterfly (1:00.33) and 50-meter freestyle (24.98), taking seventh in the 100-meter backstroke (1:02.37). Eigner (200-meter backstroke, 2:18.35) and Kevin Kosciuk (200-meter butterfly, 2:14.69) also nabbed sixth. Saberski and Bjornberg swam together on the 200- (Neri, Shepley; fourth, 1:41.8) and 400-meter (Alexandre, Smigelski; sixth, 3:44.54) freestyle squads. Alexandre, Bjornberg, Kosciuk, and Smigelski added fifth (4:12.18) in

the 400-meter medley. Matt Molnar and Hevin Na helped their 800-meter freestyle team (Smigelski, Bjornberg; 8:20.6) to fourth overall. Jerome was the lone women’s champion in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:13.28), holding off Eva Crouse (Aqua Bears; 1:13.3). “I felt I had a good race and was really happy with my time,” said Jerome. “I didn’t realize it was close at all until I looked at the scoreboard. It’s awesome for her (Crouse). She is (age) 12. It was great for her to swim that time, too.” Jerome posted third in the 200-meter individual medley (2:26.42), securing fourth for her 200-meter breaststroke (2:42.67). She joined Brittany Driscoll on the 400- (Elizabeth McDonald, Karen Novak; fifth; 4:08.67) and 800-meter (Lexi Koukos, McDonald; fourth, 9:00.16) freestyle squads, along with the 400-meter medley team (Sara Barlok, Helen Park; second, 4:34.16). See MCDONALD, page 3

Bill Robertson. “I think sweeping Middletown in three games (June 18, 20-21) gave us confidence because they were the number three team in the state last year.” Pitching, specifically the starters, has been instrumental to the strong season. Dan Schock is 5-1 with an 0.36 earned run average. Jordan Kubilus (5-2, 2.32), Ryan

Fowler (4-1, 2.11) and newcomer Ryan Manning (2-1, 2.00; two saves) have also been stellar. “When you have four guys like that leading up your staff, they can all hold the other team down. We have had depth from guys like Christian Colp, Collin Murphy, PJ Watson, and Evan Soloman,” See PITCHING, page 3

Legion Seniors Are In The Zone

Cheshire American Legion Senior baseball started the season at 1-2. They haven’t looked back since en route to the program’s third Zone 3 Division crown (214; 22-7-1 overall). “The goal at the start of the season was to make the state tournament and be in contention for the Zone title,” reflected Head Coach

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Lauren Solernou shows her technique in backstroke.

Members of the Cheshire YMCA Sea Dog Swim Club competed in the United States Olympic Trials (June 25-July 2) in Omaha, Neb. University of Tennessee (Knoxville) junior Lauren Solernou swam the 100- (23rd, 1:02.79) and 200-meter (100th, 2:18.57) backstrokes. Connor Maher, a sophomore at Princeton University in New Jersey, was 112th (2:10.82) in the 200-meter individual medley. Indiana University (Bloomington) sophomore Justine Ress participated through the French Trials in Dunkerque, finishing seventh in the 200-meter backstroke (2:16.4).

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Dan Schock makes contact at the plate.

Pitching Is Pivotal

continued from page 2 robertson said. robertson feels that tim Budd has helped the staff from behind the plate. Western New england College (Springfield, Mass.) senior pitcher Kevin Jefferis and his father (dave) have also coached the pitchers. “You have to give credit to the guys for what they’ve done, but i think Dave and Kevin have been able to give them some tools.” after Fowler threw the program’s first no-hitter last year, schock achieved the feat in a 6-0 shutout of Westbrook on June 24. “it felt really good because they are a good team,” reflected Schock, who threw his first nohitter at dodd Middle school. “in the fourth inning, i noticed i hadn’t allowed a hit yet, but had to stay focused.” schock also leads with a .315 batting average. Michael Purcell and Kevin Mirando are at .300. “a lot of the kids are now used to using wooden bats in summer and fall ball,” stated robertson. “there are lower scoring games, so you need to shut teams down.” the team is comprised of many

cheshire high school players, but the other boys have also contributed. Purcell and infielder Jay schaff start at Xavier in Middletown. solomon is the ace pitcher at cheshire academy and Fowler graduated from chs last year. Manning, a 2012 graduate of Joseph Foran, moved to cheshire in June. a stellar pitcher, Manning is headed to Bridgeport University. “he has been a great addition for us,” stated robertson. Adam Rider, Kyle Hodgdon, Kyle Waldron, Alex Augusto, and Wes robertson have also transitioned from chs. cheshire Post 92 has never won more than two games in the state tournament. they hope to break that plateau, starting July 28. tourney scheduling is online at www.cheshireherald.com. “it’s good that we have time to get rest for our pitchers,” said robertson. “there is still a lot of work to be done.” Purcell, schaff, and schock are being honored before states. they are representing connecticut against New York all-stars today at Brooklyn cyclone stadium. Start time is 4 p.m.

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Junior Team Shows Resiliency in describing the cheshire american legion Junior baseball team, first-year head coach Bryan rockwell used the word “resilient.” Despite injuries and deficits in games, Cheshire battled to finish 13-8 in the regular season and qualify for the state tournament. “the kids are great,” said rockwell, who spent six years coaching the cheshire reds. “We’ve been down in a lot of games, but fought back. (assistant) Marty (costello) and i have been impressed with the way they never give up.” Cheshire finished second in what rockwell described as a competitive Zone 3 division. the leadership of players like Paul Bronke and Matt hickey, along with strong pitching and defense, have been keys. “Our outfield defense has been

outstanding,” said rockwell. “i haven’t seen a better unit.” ryan Pierpont has anchored the pitching staff. the senior and Junior teams have both utilized evan soloman. rockwell also feels the innings from Bronke, Nathan rockwell, and connor Gunneson have helped the team’s depth. “it felt great knowing the coach had faith in me and expected a great game,” explained Pierpont. cheshire has employed small ball offensively, looking for clutch hits to score runs. according to rockwell, the team benefited from moving Richie Mills to the leadoff spot. “Gunneson really carried us for awhile,” reflected Rockwell. “Jason strollo has been our most consistent hitter. he has a simple swing and sprays hits every-

Cheshire High School graduates (pictured from left) Elliott Laden, Irene Kalbian, Sam Laden, JP Higgins, and Jason Silverman came together for a Tough Mudder Challenge on July 14-15 at Mt. Snow in Dover, Vt. The 10-mile course, designed by the British military, consists of 23 obstacles. Photo courtesy of David Kalbian

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continued from page 2 “i like swimming with the younger girls. i think it brings us together,” stated Jerome. “Kim has been with us forever. she embodies the program and the kids love her,” added Farrell. driscoll, one of the younger swimmers, placed second in the 1,500-meter freestyle (17:53.07) and added seventh for the 400-meter individual medley (5:15.54). She anchored five relays, including her 200-meter medley (Marisa daly, hannah aylward, lindsay smalec; sixth,

2:10.63) and freestyle (Barlok, Katie Crochet, McDonald; second, 1:53.58) squads. “Brittany is really developing,” Farrell said. “she is a workhorse.” like Zalewski, Mcdonald excels in freestyle and butterfly. Mcdonald secured bronze in the 200-meter butterfly (2:23.88), fourth in the 100-meter butterfly (1:06.83) and freestyle (59.84), and sprinted to sixth in the 50-meter freestyle (27.76). Barlok, crochet, and Kaela Bjornberg were her teammates in the 200-meter medley relay (fourth, 2:07.44).

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“i thought she swam well while not being fully rested,” explained Farrell. “she loves to race, no matter what the event.” Park (200-meter butterfly, 2:29.33), smalec (100-meter butterfly, 1:07.0), and Bjornberg (100-meter breaststroke, 1:18.78) took seventh. the 200-meter freestyle team of Nicole hellstern, smalec, denise costello, and holland driscoll added sixth (1:58.73). cheshire is swimming in this week’s National championship in atlanta, Ga.

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where.” injuries have tested the team. tom costello was injured before the first practice. Dennis Ryley (broken hand) and hickey (concussion) are currently out of the lineup. “We don’t know how we are getting through the injuries,” said rockwell. “We played east haddam (on July 14-15) with nine guys, but still took two out of three games.” “it felt great,” stated Pierpont. “there were so many excuses that we could have had for losing, but we kept together and won.” state play-in games start July 28. Check www.cheshireherald. com for schedule updates. “We are going to take it one game at a time,” stated rockwell. “i don’t think there is a team we can’t beat in the state.”

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Cheshire Soccer Claims Titles

Wildcats 10-U Joins Elite Teams The Cheshire Wildcats 10-U fast pitch softball team started playing tournaments in April, but their preparation started much earlier. Winter conditioning kicked off in January during which the girls set a goal of returning to the Protect Our Nation’s Youth (PONY) National Championship. “We had high expectations for the team,” said Head Coach Theresa Floyd. “Dedication first and foremost is their strength. Every single practice is treated like a game. They never seem fulfilled with their success.” That determination propelled them to a 62-5-2 record, including a fifth place finish nationally at the Mid-Way Orange Crush Complex in New Castle, Del. Cheshire went 5-3-1 during their second straight PONY National, with two of the losses coming to the eventual champion Maryland Magic. The Wildcats defeated the Jersey Bandits twice as well as Extreme (Pa.), Delaware Magic, Vienna Stars (Va.). They tied the Amherst Lightning. “I was excited for it,” said Mia Juodaitis, who hit a home run against the Bandits. “It felt good. I didn’t think I could do it (clear

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Above, the 10-U Wildcats include (front row, from left): Lexie Hemstock, Kaylee Clark, Ari Perlini, Danielle Floyd, Peyton Davis, Mikayla Stolar. Back (from left): Callie Godfrey, Lindsey Abramson, Mia Juodaitis, Brianna Floyd, Kim Buttery, Emma Watkinson. the fence).” Cheshire reached the quarterfinals, falling 4-0 to Central Jersey Lightning. “It was a good experience. We had fun on the field and at the hotel,” reflected Lindsey Abramson. “We learned a lot against better teams.” Instead of playing within the Central Valley Fast Pitch League, Cheshire chose to be a tournament team solely. They captured the Ray DeLouise Cheshire Friends of Softball Memorial Tournament on Memorial Day weekend, CT Eliminator’s Mother’s Day Classic (Meriden; May 12-13), Rose City Rumble (Norwich; May 1920), GROWS Spring Bash (Watertown; June 9-10), Rochester Summer Slammer (N.H.; June 16-17), Lightning Strikes (Southington; June 23-24), and East Hartford (April 21-22) events.

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They were runner-up at the Valley Fusion Spring Fling (Prospect) on May 5-6 and Bring on the Heat (June 2-3) in East Hartford. “We opened our season down in New Jersey because we wanted to get a baseline for where we were as a team,” reflected Floyd. “We finished fifth out of 16 teams. It was a good showing against strong competition.” The majority of the players have been together for three years, playing the same positions. Mikayla Stolar, Brianna Floyd, and Abramson share chemistry as pitchers. “Each one of them is extremely valuable. They know the defense backs them up,” said Coach Floyd. According to Floyd, the lineup is full of players who can bunt and slap effectively. “Anyone can put the ball in play,” added Coach Floyd. “No one person carried this team.” There will be change next season. Six of the 11 girls are required to move up to 12-U. “I think they are going to be extremely competitive,” stated Floyd. “It is a different game at 12-U, but these girls are ready and capable for the challenge.” “They are really nice and goofy,” added Juodaitis, of her teammates. Members of last year’s national team have also transitioned to the 12-U level. The Black team, coached by Tom Denne, is comprised of 11-year-olds. See GIRLS, page 11

On June 16, Cheshire Soccer Club won the Connecticut Cup twice at Curtiss Park in Simsbury. The U-12 girls defended their crown from last fall, beating Guilford 1-0. Jillian Klem ended the scoreless game with a secondhalf goal assisted by Saige Bingman. Danielle Dietrich finished the shutout in goal. For Dietrich, Bingman, and Bridget Loura, it was their third title in a row.

The U-19 boys, conversely, were comprised of first-time finalists and champions after tipping New Britain 2-1. Returning from a 1-0 deficit at halftime, Mike Ranando scored to tie the game and then assisted on the game-winner from Arman Karbassioon. Nick Velleca was the winning goalkeeper. Both teams won crowns loSee LOCAL, page 5

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The U-19 boys’ team, pictured above, (front row, from left): Matt Weimer, Alex Bauer, Ben Gallo, Matt Mueller, Rob Carter, Nick Berardi, Dave Bannan, Ian Clark. Back (from left): Sam Donahue, Mike Ranando, Labi Shaqiri, Nick Velleca, Arman Karbassioon, Mike Carbone, Devin Lerner, Tyler Sweigard.

David Alino (U-11; above) and Kaitlyn D’Andrea (U-14; right) possess the ball in local events.

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Family Team

Cheshire mother and daughter, Sheryl and Lila McNamee, placed runner-up in the Paradise Country Club (Hamden) Adult-Child Tennis Tournament on July 8. They came up short, 3-2, against North Haven’s Mark and Eric Harkins in the final. Nine doubles teams competed. Lila McNamee will compete in the upcoming Club Championship. Photo courtesy of Paradise Country Club

Ram Jam Sets Records

On June 10 at Bartlem Recreation Area, a record-setting 51 youth girls’ lacrosse squads from 16 towns participated in the Fifth Ram Jam. The jamboree doesn’t count win or losses. Teams in the Senior, Junior, and Bantam divisions each played four games.

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CA Linebacker Faces World

cheshire academy senior linebacker cory Jasudowich was at a loss for words carrying the american Flag out onto the field at Burger stadium in austin, texas. Jasudowich, one of the five captains on the U-19 National team, was the only connecticut player chosen to compete in the international Federation Of american Football World championship (June 30 to July 7). “i didn’t expect to be named a captain. it was a great honor,” said Jasudowich. “it was an unbelievable experience. it is a different kind of football down there. it was cool playing in front of thousands of people and many more on television and online. it was great to walk down the street and have people know your name.” he made his presence known on the field, forcing a fumble in the first two wins over America samoa (26-7) and austria (70-

7). Usa fell short 23-17 against second-seeded canada in the title game. Japan (third) garnered the bronze medal of the eight-team tournament. “it would have been nice to win the gold, but coming home with with silver was good,” reflected Jasudowich. While ending with a loss, the final was his favorite game. canada took a 10-0 lead and never trailed. “there was a rivalry between us and canada because we both expected to be there in the end,” Jasudowich said. Jasudowich shared the same position as fellow captain reggie chevis (houston, texas), who recovered his friend’s forced fumble in the opener. “I got a knee injury in the first game and wasn’t sure what my status would be, but i ended up playing through it,” stated Jasudowich, who made 10 tackles

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Cory Jasudowich (54) represented his country in Dallas, TX.

overall. While football has the largest following in america, the coaches preached to the players about not taking their opponents lightly. “It was great having a banquet with all the countries because it gave me a chance to talk to the other kids about what their high schools are like,” stated Jasudowich. “We all have that passion for football.” he felt he was pushed by teammates as much as the opposition. “i liked to think of it as the college experience since every single kid on our team has a division i scholarship,” explained Jasudowich, who verbally committed to Boston college (chestnut hill, Mass.) two days before his trip to dallas. “Practicing against these guys was a great opportunity. i still stay in contact with everyone. We all became a good family. i still watch the games on Youtube.” Jasudowich is focused on his final season at cheshire academy. the Fighting cats return after earning the school’s first unbeaten season (9-0) since 1960. they also won the Colonial League (80) for the first time. Jasudowich had 85 tackles (team-best), six sacks, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. dave dykeman has succeeded dan O’dea as head coach. “We lost a lot of good players and have a new coach, but the team is pretty strong,” said Jasudowich, a native of North Branford. “i’m excited to play with the kids one more time.”

Local Youngsters Win In Home Confines

continued from page 4 cally this year at Quinnipiac Park. The girls defeated Shelton 4-0 for the U-12 red title at the connecticut Quinnipiac Valley invitational tournament over Memorial day weekend. cheshire U-10 red also went undefeated, even though there was no title decided at that age level. Naugatuck (U11 White), southington (U-11 red), North haven (U-12 White), Plainfield (U-14), and West HaPhoto courtesy of alison Mccormack

Irish Champion

Cheshire’s Aidan McCormack, a member of the New Haven Gaelic Football and Hurling Club, propelled his New York 14-U All-Star team to a 5-0 record in the Feline Tournament run June 18-26 in Laois, Ireland. They beat County Down, one goal and seven points to four points, in the title game. It was the team’s first title in Division II. McCormack was the leader in goals and points, six in both categories. Before competing in the event, the team swept three challenge matches.

ven (U-19) were also victorious among 53 girls’ teams. the U-19 cheshire boys captured the connecticut invitational tournament (June 9-10), knocking off West haven 3-1 in the title game. cheshire U-11 (1-0) and U-13 (2-1) added titles, both by beating Naugatuck. Berlin (U-12), New haven (U-14), and Southington (U-16) brought crowns back. there were 41 boys’ teams overall.

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Sam Pascale is an elusive runner for Cheshire High School.

Rams Finish In First

cheshire high school senior football captains Matt escoto (lineman), sam Pascale (running back, cornerback), and Vin sansone (quarterback, safety), along with classmate Matt Gardiner (tight end, linebacker), went to the New england elite Football camp on July 5-7 at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. they teamed with 11 players to go 6-0 in the Elite 8 passing competition. Over 100 players and 70 teams attended the camp.

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Soccer player Lauren Como returns for her senior season.

cheshire high school (525 south Main street) starts fall physicals with the football program on Aug. 9 in Nurse Barbara Ruddy’s office at 9 a.m. Girls’ sports are aug. 15 and the remainder of boys’ sports follow the next day. athletes can choose any of the days.

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CYB/CYS Teams Enjoy Winning Playoffs On June 19 at Cheshire Park, Billings Sports defeated CBRE 10-9 for the CYS Majors Division crown. Pictured are (front row, from left): Giuliana Gaudio, Seneca Ellis, Natalie Amato, Hannah Na, Alexis Shanok. Middle (from left): Isabella Zerpa, Krista Sbordone, Angelina Bertoni, Emily Candal, Julia Schaff, Taylor Wilson Back (from left): Coaches Scott Ellis, Keith Amato, Ron Sbordone, Jim Moran. Missing: Kaelie Moran. Photo courtesy of Scott Ellis

Cheshire Physical Therapy, The Sparklers, outlasted Leever Cancer Center to bring home the CYS Minors Division Championship on June 16 at Bartlem Recreation Area. The final score of the playoff title game was 11-9. Pictured celebrating, (front row, from left): Georgia Capobianco, Alex Golioto, Jada Marquis, Nicole Pepe, Aya Wazaz. Middle (from left): Brie Bavaro, Anna Lucas, Julia Bartiet, Ellie and Sophie Murphy. Back (from left): Coaches David Murphy, Craig Lucas, Brian Bavaro.

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Law Offices of Andrea Anderson won the CYB Minors Division title on June 19, beating Connecticut Wells 16-13 at McNamara Legion Fields. Pictured are, (front row, from left): Christian Nyberg, Nate Buntin, Mark Lindner, Colin Ramey, Zackary Weiss. Middle (from left): Alex Orcutt, Nate Barbieri, Luke Pinciaro, Rohun Durvasula, John McBain, Sean Bishop. Back (from left): Coaches Mike Bishop, Dave McBain, Mark Buntin, Matt Volpert. Missing: Anthony Imbimbo, Coach Vinnie Imbimbo.

New England Bank beat Volpe Technology 12-2 in the CYB AAA Division Final on June 19 at McNamara Legion Fields. Pictured, are (front row, from left): Evan Clark, Alex D’Errico, Micah Galloza, Matt Jacobs, Charlie Greenwood. Back (from left): Coaches Steve Greenwood and Rick Pellico, Phoenix Kasinskas, Nate Brancazio, Nick Emerson, Eamon Murphy, P.J. Cass, Jack Falk, Kevin D’Errico, Coaches Larry Brancazio and Jeff Falk.

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Kiwanis Purple Panthers hold their trophies proud after winning the CYS Farms Division Championship 9-7 over Southington Athletic Shop 9-7 on June 16 at Cheshire Park. Pictured are, (front row, from left): Adrianna Massaro, Reilly Whalen, Ava Wilson, Sophia Vagts. Middle (from left): Bridie Borland, Ella Watson, Jessica Shatz, Emerson Kornacki, Lauren Maringola, Erin O’Connor. Back (from left): Coaches Bruce Vagts, Todd Kornacki, Matt Whalen, Bob Shatz. Missing: Jordan Shanock.

Osterman & Company defeated Rose Dairy, 7-3 to take the CYB Majors Division Final on June 21 at McNamara Legion Fields. Peter Stanton, Lou Pellegrino, Andy Bellina, and Lou Rotondo coached Osterman & Company.

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Daniel Bickell (above) runs with the ball during flag rugby at Quinnipiac Park. Pictured below, the Cheshire U-17 team is (front row, from left): Matt Kleinberg, Ryan Pantalena, Ben Phillips, Alex Bauer. Back (from left): Justin Klanica, EJ Martini, Misha Hoffman, Joe Phillips, Eric and Quinn Gadski.

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Reds 10-U Ends Strong Season The Cheshire Reds 10-U baseball team (20-1) won the East Shore Travel League this year. Pictured, are (front row, from left): Charlie Davis, Alec Frione, Paul Villecco, Jake Boucher, Zach Rosenfeld, Jake McAlinden. Middle (from left): Aidan Godfrey, Ryan Orozco, Jack Hickey, Michael Kozlowski, Danny Skibitcky, PJ Marcouiller. Back (from left): Coaches Roger Orozco, Dennis Boucher, Mark Godfrey, Phil Frione. Missing: Coach Rueben Morales.

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Cheshire Rugby Is Tournament Tested

cheshire rugby club hosted a 7’s tournament on July 14 at Quinnipiac Park. More than 300 players competed in four divisions. cheshire had two U-19 teams go 1-1 in pool play. they added wins over over Fairfield and Madison, but rather than play for the Plate division title, the teams involved parents and coaches in a touch game. Over 100 youngsters from the cheshire, New haven, and

Wethersfield flag rugby programs played exhibition matches. the week before in danbury, the U-17 boys (4-1) and alumni (2-1) teams both finished runnerup to NJ Blaze (Morris, N.J.). U-17 defeated Fairfield Prep twice, along with stamford and NY academy. alumni beat Western connecticut state University and the United of hartford. cheshire girls’ also collected the bronze medal.

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Miranda Garcia (left) and Michelle Federico (right) went to World Camp together from July 9-12 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and the Nutmeg State Games last Saturday in West Hartford.

Family Competes In Taekwondo Brother and sister, Jonathan and Victoria Barbieri, attended the Usa taekwondo National championship from June 29 to July 2 in Dallas, TX. Both competed in age 14-17 breaking and forms. Jonathan left with a bronze medal. the family made the trip with 15 other students from Olympic taekwondo academy (Unionville and rocky hill).

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Cheshire High School field hockey teammates, senior forward Miranda Garcia and junior mid-fielder/defensive back Michelle Federico, are having a busy summer. Both visited the National training center in Virginia Beach, Va. for the Usa Field hockey Futures National championship from June 24-27. After initially being an alternate, Garcia (U-19 athens; 2-3) was selected for the second year in a row. she scored in each of her team’s two victories. Federico, in her first national appearance, competed for U-16 Melbourne (1-4). Garcia, a senior captain at chs, later returned to Virginia to represent hear the cheers (htc; 1-5) in the club National championship from July 17-19. Federico also belongs to htc.

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Flames Ride Hot Streak

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Above, Alexandra Pelletier (14-U) slides safely into second base.

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The 10-U Flames include (front row, from left): Anna Lucas, Lauren Card, Ellie Murphy, Shannon Lindsey, Zoe Kasinskas. Middle (from left): Rebecca Flynn, Tara Sbordone, Maya Galloza, Julia Gillotti, Lucy Pellegrino, Brianna Bavaro, Aliya Catanzarita. Back (from left): Assistant Don Gillotti, Manager Michael Catanzarita, Assistants Lou Pellegrino and Brian Bavaro. Missing: Marisa Brough.

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The Cheshire Flames of Cheshire Youth Softball have quickly moved to the top of state ranks. On July 14-15, at Bartlem Recreation Area, the 10- and 14-U teams both went unbeaten to capture Babe Ruth state titles. The older girls out-scored the competition, 43-4, in four victories. Cheshire only led the Newtown Hawks 2-1 in the fourth inning of the title game, but pulled away for a 7-1 victory. Jill Pulek connected for a two-run home run in the fifth. Nicole Salamone and Maggie O’Reilly were defensive standouts. Cheshire shut out Newtown 7-0 earlier in the tournament. They added wins over Milford Madness (13-1; semifinal) and New Milford Jades (16-2). Cheshire 10-U swept their four games, beating Stamford twice (11-9, 12-6) for the title. In pool play, they shut down Norwalk (12-0) and Newtown (14-4). The 12-U Flames placed second overall from July 6-7 at Hatter’s Park in Danbury. They won their first four games before coming up a run short, 4-3, against the Stamford Stars in the title game. From June 30 to July 2, Flames 14-U also claimed the Silver Bracket of the Independence Day Firecracker Tournament in Mechanicsburg, Pa. After falling to Battery Lightning in pool play, the girls returned to beat them 10-7 in the final. They play regionally this weekend in Lynn, Mass.

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Cheshire rider Sara Pizzuto, 19, won the American Morgan Horse Association Dressage Seat Silver Medal Award at the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show (June 7-10) in West Springfield, Mass. Gold and silver medalists qualify for the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show to run Oct. 6-13 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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Girls To End In CVFL Event

continued from page 4 “This season has played out how we expected,” said Denne. “It is a transition year with the changes in pitching distance and the softball itself from 10-U.” According to Denne, a great moment was beating a previously unbeaten team to reach the semifinal of a New Hampshire tournament. The win came via the International Tiebreaker. “We have emphasized playing as a team and supporting each other,” Denne explained. The team is friendly with the 12-U Red team, who hold a 468-1 record this year. Since finishing runner-up to the CT Raiders on Memorial Day weekend in Cheshire, the Wildcats are undefeated (12-0) in CVFL and 34-1 overall. In that span, they’ve won the Rochester Summer Slammer, Cheshire Youth Softball Invitational (June 30 to July 1), and Bash On The Beach (Westerly, R.I.; July 14-15). “The girls are executing and have a will to win,” said Head Coach Art Salvietti. “We’ve had games when we were down, but came back. We’ve also won some games going away. Our four pitchers (Abby Abramson, Maddie Hupprich, Hannah Salvietti, Lindsey Fatone) have kept us in every game. I have tremendous hitters that can also reach base by bunting.” Last weekend in East Hartford’s End of Summer Sizzler, 12-U reached the semifinals and

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Cheshire Parks and Recreation Department runs sports camps. Pictured clockwise from right, are Harrison Dent (All-Star Lacrosse; July 10-13), Julie Roche (CT Choice Girls’ Lacrosse; July 16-20), Kathleen Hastie (Volleyball Camp; July 3-26).

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Bre Clark catches the softball for 12-U Black. took third. Like 12-U Red, the 14-U Wildcats sit atop the CVFL at 8-1. They earned their best tournament finish (second) at last weekend’s Summer Slam in East Harford. “I think it has been a great season,” stated Head Coach Alan Golia. “Every game the girls play is a team effort. We don’t revolve around one person.” Golia utilizes the diversity of pitchers Olivia Sprague, Gabriella Golia, and Kayleigh Langlois. “They are all very capable. I like to mix it up to change the speed of what the other team is facing,” explained Al Golia. “We have two phenomenal catchers, Maddie Landry and Megan Hodgdon.” All teams, besides the 10-U girls, will end in the CVFL Tournament (today through July 29) at Gaylord Fields in Wallingford. “We want to play hard and hopefully put up a good run on Sunday. We want to set up momentum for next year,” added Denne.

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Rose Dairy secured the Cheshire Youth Baseball Majors Division regular season title (9-5) and finished second in the playoffs. Pictured, are front row (from left): Jonathan Fusco, Will Gemmell, Ethan Larke, Spencer Harte, Andrew Leonard. Back (from left): Coach Mike Pepe, Liam Killea, Mengyi Sun, Thomas Horgan, Coach Adam Larke, Christian Horgan, Matthew Geyda, Coach Jim Geyda, Mike Pepe, Jr., Coach Bob Leonard.

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